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(loteprednol etabonate) Ophthalmic Gel 0.5%
LOTEMAX (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel) 0.5% contains a sterile, topical corticosteroid for ophthalmic use. Loteprednol etabonate is a white to off-white powder.
Loteprednol etabonate is represented by the following structural formula:
Chemical Name: chloromethyl 17α-[(ethoxycarbonyl)oxy]-11β-hydroxy-3-oxoandrosta-1,4-diene-17β-carboxylate
Each gram contains:
Active: Loteprednol Etabonate 5 mg (0.5%);
Inactives: Boric acid, edetate disodium dihydrate, glycerin, polycarbophil, propylene glycol, sodium chloride, tyloxapol, water for injection, and sodium hydroxide to adjust to a pH of between 6 and 7.
Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.003%.
What are the possible side effects of loteprednol ophthalmic (Alrex, Lotemax)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using loteprednol and call your doctor at once if you have:
- signs of a new eye infection such as swelling, redness, irritation, or drainage;
- blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- problems with your vision; or
- severe pain, burning or stinging when using the eye drops.
Common side effects may include:
- minor burning when using...
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/26/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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